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    Kodak Medalist II

    I was given a Kodak Medalist II camera to "figure out if it works and if it is worth anything." The camera looks good though it could use a good cleaning. I am wondering if anyone knows the approximate real (not eBay) value, if it is possible to test the shutter without any 620 film, and if anyone still repairs these things.

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    OK, found someone for repair. Apug search, correctly applied, can be a wonderful thing.

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    kodak medalist II

    Just for your info, photography on bald mountain will repair just about any vintage camera made and he specializes in converting medalist cameras to take 120 film if you don't want to deal with the hassle of re-spooling 120 film.I can't remember his email address off hand but if you google photography on bald mountain it should give it.I've used him for a number of repairs,modifications and fabrications and his work is top notch and the prices are reasonable.

    Hope this helps.

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    I found a page to check the date of the camera via the ektar lens code. It was made in 1946. I also did some poking and found that apparently a perfectly working model is worth upwards of 500.00. A CLA costs around 100-150.00. Non functioning (I think the shutter is stuck on this one) is worth about 150.00 - 200.00. Does this seem correct to any of you?

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    By coincidence I just got my Medalist II
    back today from Ken Ruth (Photography
    on Bald Mountain) -- Ken cleaned and
    adjusted the rangefinder and the shutter,
    and converted the camera to 120 film.
    The work is superior and the viewfinder
    and rangefinder look like they're from a
    new camera. Ken is the best.

    http://www.baldmtn.com/Convert.htm

    The lens is one of the best Kodak ever made
    -- a Heliar design that does amazing things
    to light on film. Here's a link to the manual:

    http://www.butkus.org/chinon/kodak/k...edalist_ii.htm

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    The Medalist a wonderful gadget !

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    The lens is fantastic. I've adapted one from a camera that had been stripped for parts for use with 35mm, but if you've got a basically functional Medalist II (the stuck shutter is usually an easy fix and is fairly common with any camera of this vintage that hasn't had regular maintenance), I think it would be worth converting to 120 or respooling 620, if you've got spools.
    flickr--http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidagoldfarb/
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    Academic (Slavic and Comparative Literature)--http://www.davidagoldfarb.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rolleiflexible View Post
    By coincidence I just got my Medalist II
    back today from Ken Ruth (Photography
    on Bald Mountain)
    http://www.baldmtn.com/Convert.htm
    I was playing with one of these the other day. (Medalist I, I believe) About the weight of a cinder block, and twice as lovely... Seriously, it's a beautifully designed camera. Sadly, it was not for sale.

    Now, why am I humming Mussorgski?
    Tom, on Point Pelee, Canada

    Ansel Adams had the Zone System... I'm working on the points system. First I points it here, and then I points it there...

    http://tom-overton-images.weebly.com


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    I am debating on whether to sell this one as is or to send it off after Christmas and have it repaired. Want to buy mine Toffle?

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    Quote Originally Posted by photomem View Post
    I found a page to check the date of the camera via the ektar lens code. It was made in 1946. I also did some poking and found that apparently a perfectly working model is worth upwards of 500.00. A CLA costs around 100-150.00. Non functioning (I think the shutter is stuck on this one) is worth about 150.00 - 200.00. Does this seem correct to any of you?
    Sounds a bit too high to me. It will be worth around $500 if it's in excellent condition AND converted to 120 use. If it's still 620 then I doubt it will go that high. Maybe $350 or so.

    I've bought and sold a couple of them. One of the best lenses I've ever used. Quirky heavy camera though.

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